Goodbye Groove, Hello SharePoint Workspace 2010

Straight from the Microsoft Groove Blog (well now SharePoint Workspace 2010 blog)

“Heads up – Groove is getting a new name as of the coming release of Office 2010.  Please welcome SharePoint Workspace 2010! 

The name makeover is in concert with the direction the product is going.  SharePoint Workspace will provide easy access to SharePoint content (or content from any server that implements the publicly documented protocols) in an effort to provide a seamless online/offline experience.

SharePoint Workspace 2010 will be easier to deploy and easier to manage, and it supports a new set of scenarios to help Office and SharePoint users be more productive.  It will also make it easier for IT folks to implement a consistent information strategy based on SharePoint technology throughout the organization.

There will be changes in the way the product is delivered, as well – e.g. SharePoint Workspace (and OneNote, for that matter) will be added to the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 release.  Keep an eye peeled for further announcements from Microsoft on new product plans for Office.”

Check out the announcement here…..

Comments (5)

  1. ashokhingorani1 says:

    interesting question

    is groove now the official offline client for Sharepoint

    or is SP the official thin client for groove that we always wanted :-))))))))))

    personally think the rebranding is not such a bad idea – at least we will have fewer CIOs say groove, what’s that ? and if it is so great why don’t MS people know about it ? we all know the answer to that but at least now our stepchild will get all the exposure it deserves albeit in the shadow of SP.


    ashok hingorani / MVP Groove / Workspaces

    i will continue to refer to it that way till someone comes to shoot me 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    yes, interesting which way you see it. I would probably suspect that it’s the first scenario for now i.e. SharePoint Workspace won’t have all the features that SharePoint "thin client" has, so its primarily SharePoint browser interface and then when you wanna work offline and take your stuff on the road, then you pull out SharePoint workspace. I might be wrong, it would be interesting to see how it pans out and how users actually end up using it.

  3. Mike Mc Donogh says:

    Hi Michael, long time! See you still enjoying Microsoft.

    Here is a link by a Microsoft Product Manager on SharePoint workspace 2010.

    Mike Mc Donogh

  4. wordsmithone says:

    No announcement yet on release date?  I’m preparing a push for adoption within my company, and would hate to have to buy 100+ licenses for Groove 2007, only to have SharePoint Workspace 2010 come out a few months later without a free upgrade option.

    Come to think of it, have there been *any* hints on release dates for Office 2010 products?

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